How Are Shirataki Noodles Made?
What makes Shirataki Noodles so different then other noodles? Well other than the fact that they have almost zero carbs, calories and fat, they are made from a yam. Yes, that is right, Shirataki Noodles are made mostly of a dietary fiber called Glucomannan. Glucomannan is produced from Konjac flour which is made from the roots of a particular Asian yam found mostly in Japan and China.
There are two types of Shirataki noodles sold in the United States. Traditional Shirataki noodles have zero net carbohydrates, zero calories, no gluten, and are useful for those on low-carbohydrate diets. Then there are "Tofu-Based" shirataki-style noodles are becoming increasingly popular in United States. They have a much shorter shelf life and often require refrigeration sometimes before opening. Tofu-based noodles contain a minimal amount of carbohydrates.
Shirataki Noodles are almost always shipped pre-cooked and pre-packaged. Rinsing is all you need to do before combining them with your favorite dishes.